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Mike Tirico, one of ESPN’s biggest stars, is leaving for NBC

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—Shocking to say the least.

Mike Tirico was ESPN, until Monday.

Word broke that the network’s presumable No. 1 for all major events, including the voice of Monday Night Football, College Basketball, the NBA, and the Masters is leaving ESPN for NBC Sports.

Sports Business Daily first reported the news. 

Tirico has been with the network nearly 25 years.

Tirico is a formidable giant of the  ESPN network and the sports broadcasting world.

As SBJ points out, Tirico would likely be the heir apparent to Al Michaels at NBC who may retire at the end of his current contract in 2017.

Tirico at that point may take over Sunday Night Football duties.